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Matts Lane Stoke sub Hamdon Somerset, TA14 6QETel: 01935 822236
BSc, MB, ChB, DRCOG, Diploma in Family Planning.Qualified Manchester, 1986. Interests include child care and women’s health.
Our Nurse Practitioners can see patients with a wide range of health concerns varying from minor illnesses to more complex issues and are able to make referrals to secondary care if needed/appropriate. Patients can see our Nurse Practitioners for (this is not an exhaustive list): Diabetic advice, oral contraception and family planning advice, administering depo injections, cervical smears, treating urine, chest and throat infections etc.
Kirsty is also able to prescribe medication.
Trudy is our Practice Lead Nurse who's duties include (this is not an exhaustive list): Asthma and COPD reviews, cervical smears, childhood immunisation, travel vaccinations and advice, contraception advice including administering depo injections and implant insertion and removal.
Clare is our Treatment Room Nurse who's duties include (this is not an exhaustive list): Wound and dressing care, leg ulcer care, ear checks and irrigation, pill checks, travel vaccinations and advice, childhood immunisations, well person and new patient checks, dopplers and stitch removal.
Technician (HCA) duties include (this is not an exhaustive list): carrying out blood tests (including INR's), blood pressure checks (including hypertension reviews), assisting with minor op's, ECG's, 24 hour blood pressure monitoring, administering flu and pneumococcal vaccinations and new patient checks.
Helen BellMaria AllenJodie AdamsPatients can self-refer or be referred to the Health Coaches by any member of the Practice Team. Non-clinicians, their role is to guide and enable patients to improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Joanie is our Medical Secretary, who is responsible for the vast majority of referrals made within the Practice. She often liaises with secretaries from hospitals as well as with patients regarding their referrals. If you have a query regarding your referral please do not hesitate to contact the Practice and ask to speak with Joanie, if she is not working then another member of the Admin Team will do their best to try to help you.
Katie is the Practice Admin Lead. She oversees the running of reception and trains new Receptionists. Katie works with the Practice Manager to identify areas for improvement and develops policies and protocols. She manages the Nurse and Technician rota, as well as providing admin and IT support.
Ella is part of the Admin team but also has regular sessions working in Reception. Ella is responsible for: Looking after the GP rota and obtaining cover from locums when needed, registering new patients as well as deductions, assisting with the childhood immunisation clinics and liaising with Child Health, administering 6 week check/post-natal appointments, monthly recalls - sending letters to patients when they are due for contraception reviews, hypertension and diabetic reviews.
The admin team can also be emailed on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our friendly Reception Team will always do their best to help you with your queries. They arrange appointments, request home visits, can signpost you to a more suitable service if necessary as well as dealing with a wide variety of clerical tasks. Whilst they are not qualified to give medical advice, when making an appointment they will need to ask you for a brief idea of what the appointment is regarding to ensure that you are booked in to see the appropriate person. Please note that they are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as all our staff.
The Reception Team can be emailed on: email@example.com
Stephanie is our Practice Clinical Pharmacist. Clinical Pharmacists are highly qualified health professionals who train for man years to become specialists in medicines and how they work.
She can work directly with you, as part of the general practice team, to make sure your medicines help you get better and stay well.
Having a Clinical Pharmacist in the Practice team means you can be treated by the best professional for your needs.
Examples of how Stephanie can help you:
Long-term conditions: For conditions such as asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, Stephanie can discuss the medicines you're currently taking to make sure that they are working for you.
Experiencing side effects: Stephanie can help by discussing what changes could be made e.g. change of dosage or changing the medicine. If you are taking a number of medicines then Stephanie can help make sure that they are all working well together.
Reviewing your medication: If you are taking medicines over the long-term, you should be seen for a review at least once a year. Medication reviews can be booked in with Melissa and she will discuss what you are currently taking, how they are working for you and carry out health checks such as taking your blood pressure.
After a stay in hospital: If you had medication changed in hospital Melissa will help explain these changes to you whilst ensuring you get the maximum benefit from these medications.
Common illnesses: If you are suffering from a common illness such as a cold, hay fever, diarrhoea or an eye infection you could see Melissa instead of a GP. Melissa may be able to prescribe medication to help your condition. You will always be referred to a GP if there is a need.
Stephanie works on a Thursday and has both telephone and face-to-face appointments available.
If you have a query or any concerns regarding your medication then you can make an appointment through reception to speak with Stephanie.
Helen is our in-house counsellor. These sessions are very kindly funded by the Triangle Trust and held on either a Tuesday afternoon or Thursday morning, here at the medical centre. Once you have started counselling sessions, your appointment will be at the same time and same day every week, for at least 6 weeks.
Please speak with a clinician if this is something that you feel you would benefit from and they can refer you to her. (Please note that our waiting list is currently quite long).
You can also contact our secretary, Joanie if you would like more information regarding these sessions.
MSK Physio Clinics
Jodie is a First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP). Her role is to assess patients with soft tissue, muscle and joint pain and to decide the most appropriate management pathway. FCP's are physiotherapists with expertise in the assessment and management of Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Examples of what can be seen by Jodie are: All soft tissue injuries, sprains, strains + sports injuries, arthritis, problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons or bone (e.g. tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome) and spinal pain (including back + neck pain).
If you feel as though this is something that you would benefit from then please contact reception who will book you an appointment to see her.
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